As reported by The Age, government officials in Australia are considering adding a new video game rating, R18+. Currently, the rating system in use by Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification tops out at MA15+. This means that any game with content deemed too strong for a 15-year-old is refused classification - essentially banned.
From The Age report:
A spokeswoman for the Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Debus, confirmed the issue of “whether or not to allow an R18+ classification” for games would be discussed at the next Standing Committee of Attorneys-General meeting on March 28.
The games industry has long argued that the censorship regime is unnecessarily draconian and prevents adults from making their own decisions about the type of content they consume.
The Age cites video game industry research which shows that the average age of gamers in Australia is 28, with more than half of gamers 18 or older.
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